Summer is rapidly approaching and it’s time to hit the trails. Nothing is better on a hot summer day than a hike that ends with views of a stunning waterfall. Bonus points if it’s got a swimming hole to cool off in at the end. With so many options out there, we thought we’d save you a little work. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best waterfall hikes the states have to offer. We hope you’re able to hit them all.
1. Havasu Falls
Grand Canyon, Arizona
One of the most stunning and highly sought after waterfalls in the world, Havasu Falls requires some planning and legwork to get to. Situated on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, you must obtain a permit months in advance, as well as a reservation to stay at the campground or the Lodge in order to visit the falls. From the trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop, it’s approximately 10 miles to the falls with roughly 1,800 feet of elevation change in the first two miles. But once you arrive at the blue-green falls set against a red rock backdrop, it will be well worth the effort.
*Note: Currently Havasu Falls is closed until February 2022 due to COVID-19, but check the site in case that changes.